Microfluidic and Medical Device Experts at MiniFAB

MiniFAB's team of microfluidic experts will guide your medical devices, diagnostics and instrumentation projects from design to volume manufacturing

Erol Harvey, PhD

Erol Harvey, PhD CEO - Executive Team

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Erol is the co-founder and CEO of MiniFAB. Erol has successfully combined a distinguished academic career and entrepreneurial spirit.

With a PhD in Plasma and Laser Physics from Monash University, he spent time in Oxford, UK before returning to Australia in 1999 to become Professor of Microtechnology at Swinburne University specialising in microfluidics, polymer microengineering and packaging.

His team was the seed for the subsequent formation of the CRC for MicroTechnology, a AUD$75M vehicle that brought together Australian academia and industry, attracting such names as Cochlear Ltd, Robert Bosch Australia, and the Australian Institute of Sports.

In 2002, together with Michael Wilkinson, he founded MiniFAB. Erol has served on a number of local and federal Australian government committees, international program review panels and in 2006 Erol was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Andrew Campitelli, PhD

Andrew Campitelli, PhD VP Business Development - Executive Team

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Andrew leads the business development activity at MiniFAB, focusing on building business relationships with clients, creating product development strategies and the development of new business opportunities.

Prior to joining MiniFAB, Andrew established and led the Biosensor Group at IMEC in Belgium, a world-leading research Centre in nano-electronics and nanotechnology.

Andrew has over 15 years professional experience in applied micro and nanotechnology research and development, product design, biosensor development and exploitation, point-of-care diagnostic systems, project management, team and business creation and leadership, strategic planning.

Andrew originally trained as an Engineer, with a PhD in Engineering (RMIT, Melbourne, Australia) and post-doctoral stage (CNRS, France) both specialising in microsystem based biosensors for diagnostic applications.

Bas Garst, MEng

Bas Garst, MEng VP Manufacturing - Executive Team

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At MiniFAB Bas is responsible for the ISO13485:2003 certified manufacturing of medical devices and components. As Manufacturing Manager, Bas works with clients to develop and implement strategies for the transfer of Proof-of-Principle devices to pilot production level suitable for clinical trials and then through to volume manufacture.

Trained in The Netherlands in mechanical engineering with a product design focus, his Masters of Engineering research was with the CRC for MicroTechnology at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. His research focused on manufacturing and integration technologies for polymer micro-engineered devices, knowledge and skills that he uses extensively at MiniFAB.

Bas established and manages the manufacturing facilities in our cleanrooms that incorporate technologies such as laser ablation, micro-injection moulding, gold deposition, assembly and packaging.

Jason Hayes, PhD

Jason Hayes, PhD Head of Product Development - Executive Team

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Jason Hayes is MiniFAB's Manager of Product Development, member of the Senior Management Team and one of MiniFAB's most experienced Project Managers. Since joining MiniFAB in 2002 Jason has been responsible for delivering many key projects in the area of microfabrication, microfluidic devices and medical diagnostics, working with Australian, European and US based clients. Dr Hayes was also responsible for installing MiniFAB's ISO13485:2003 Quality Management System and for the successful certification audit.

Jason now has over 15 years professional experience in applied micro and nano technology research and development, with particular emphasis in transfer of product development activities to manufacturing. Prior to joining MiniFAB in 2002 Jason worked as systems engineer integrating turnkey laser solutions into development and manufacturing facilities around the world (1996-1999), and then as a senior lecturer (MicroSystems Technology) at Swinburne University of Technology (1999-2006).

Jason earned his BSc and PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Hull in the UK, both specialising in the application of lasers technologies.

Roger Knight, PhD, MBA (Exec)

Roger Knight, PhD, MBA (Exec) General Manager, New Business and Commercial - Executive Team

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Roger brings extensive operational expertise to MiniFAB’s executive team with over 20 years of experience managing growth and change in technology-driven product and service companies.

During his career Roger has successfully managed the operations of divisions within several large, publically-listed businesses. He has also led a number of early stage businesses focussed on the commercialisation of new technologies. His senior management experience covers areas including analytical and medical instrumentation, waste water treatment services, communications and data security hardware.

Roger received his PhD in electro-analytical chemistry after successfully developing new monitoring instrumentation for a large resources company. He received his MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and completed an Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma.

Micah Atkin, PhD

Micah Atkin, PhD Business Development / Technical Support, Europe

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As Minifab's Technical Manager based in Europe, Micah is involved in the development of new business opportunities and working with existing clients to realise successful product outcomes. 

Micah has over 10 years of SME management experience and 15 years device development experience.  He has worked in companies from start-ups through to multi-nationals, and has been involved in managing enterprises, raising capital and setting corporate, development and intellectual property strategies. 

His product development expertise covers a range of instrumentation and consumable based devices including implants, in-vitro diagnostics, and scientific analytical systems. Micah has degrees in Electronic Engineering (Biomedical) and Science (Chemistry), as well as a PhD in Microfluidics (molecular lab-on-a-chip).

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